WILMINGTON, Mass. Jordan Caron never gave up his condo in Boston when he was shipped down to the Providence Bruins, and now hes able to move right back into those digs.
Caron was called back up to the Bruins Monday evening following the announcement that Marc Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for the rest of the season.
We liked the way he played, coach Claude Julien said of Caron. His play dipped a little bit earlier in the year and we wanted him to get some playing time. Weve done that with a few players over the years and its really worked out well. Hes been playing well in Providence and this is a chance for him to really help us out.
The physical, skilled Caron caught Juliens eye with a strong training camp, and it was only a matter of time before hed be called back up to Boston where he could help the Bruins.
Its good to be back, and being in the NHL again is a very good feeling said Caron. If Im able to play in the game tomorrow thats going to be very exciting. Im just taking it shift by shift and trying to keep it simple. Im going to take the same approach that I always do and look at it the same way I did at the beginning of the season.
Carons value comes as a big, offensively capable, penalty killing winger who would slot in comfortably with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line a role that never really suited Tyler Seguin when hed been forced into that role several times over the last few weeks.
Seguin broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought with a big third-period strike against the Stars last Thursday night, but has been held under 10 minutes of ice time in each of the last four games in a diminished role. It appears Julien wants to see a greater compete level from Seguin as the games and pressure ramp up post-All-Star break.
Hamill and Seguin are both highly skilled centers and thats what you should expect out of them, said Julien. One guy has a little bit more pro experience than the other one, and theres an age difference obviously. Those are guys that play the same kind of role, and if theyre competing against each other then hopefully it makes them both better.
Its a bit of a catch-22 for Seguin as he cant truly utilize his offensive skills unless hes playing a lot of minutes and getting power play time. At the same time, the Bruins need to get a gauge of Hamills NHL readiness before entertaining any deals for centers in place of a down and out Savard.
Meanwhile Hamill and Seguin were both slotted on the same forward line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, and it appears that both have been pitted in a competitive battle for playing time. With the knowledge that the Bruins want to see what Hamill can do at the NHL level and his pro experience at the AHL level, it appears that Seguin is headed for a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.
Its pretty clear that the Bruins are looking for something more out of Seguin, and part of that is getting another young player for the teenager to battle with for ice time.
Plenty of involvement for Bruins draft picks at the Beanpot tournament at TD Garden on Monday night, as Bs draft pick Tommy Cross became the hero of the game when the defenseman rocked home an overtime goal to take a 3-2 win for Boston College over arch-rival Boston University.
Johnny Boychuk chipped a puck off the boards and accidentally nailed Patrice Bergeron in the collar bone and chin after an errant bounce of the partition Tuesday at practice. Boychuk felt badly about the bad bounce, but the good news that Bergeron was okay certainly made him feel better.
I just saw him go off the ice, said Boychuk. As soon as I skated over toward him he was already going right off the ice. Just a bad bounce on the chip.
Julien is hoping David Krejci can continue to raise his level of play this month in Marc Savards absence when it appears that once again hes getting a chance to play the No. 1 center role on the Bruins.
He thrives on being relied upon and he likes those kinds of challenges. Id like to think that will happen again with Krejci, said Julien. Hes one of those guys that as the season goes on he gets better, and the more meaning for the games the better hes been playing. We need him to step his game up and play a big role for our hockey club, and hes capable of doing that. We hope it happens.